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Locust Grove MS student wins Henry County spelling bee

Locust Grove MS student wins Henry County spelling bee

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- After cracking the top three during the past three school years, Kathleen Mabutin has finally won the Henry County Schools Spelling Bee.

Mabutin is in eighth grade at Locust Grove Middle School; this is her final year to compete in the bee, and she definitely saved her best performance for last.

Mabutin correctly spelled "paradox" and "angst" to beat last year's winner, Union Grove Middle School's Logan Witham. Luella Middle School student Anne Ocampo placed third.

All three finalists will compete in the Region 5 Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Sequoyah Middle School in Riverdale. They will face students from Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Griffin and Rockdale counties for the chance to move on to the state spelling bee in March.

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include:

AP exam participation: Henry County

AP exam participation: Henry County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Henry County, 1,933 students took 3,018 AP exams in 2014, and 1,309 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Henry County public high school:

Dutchtown HS
211 students took 323 exams
103 passing scores

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Khorkie Tyus’ mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior responded by helping her mom at home and spreading “warm love” to others.

Working with an oncology nurse, Khorkie developed an idea for special Warm Love kits for chemotherapy patients.

“I noticed there were people who went to chemo by themselves, and I thought some goodie bags would show them someone cared for them,” explained the 16 year old.

Many patients are sensitive to aluminum, for example, so Khorkie includes aluminum-free deodorant and toothpaste. Chemo patients also tend to get chilly when being infused so Khorkie packs hats, scarves, socks, and blankets. (In fact, cozy blankets were how the project got its name.)

PROBE College Fair coming to Henry County

PROBE College Fair coming to Henry County

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Henry County later this month, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Monday, Sept. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Locust Grove High School.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Locust Grove High School is located at 3275 South Ola Road.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

(WXIA) -- For the second year in a row, Delta Community Credit Union will sponsor the brass | Media Student Program, which brings financial literacy skills to classrooms across metro Atlanta.

Teachers can register for the program at studentprogram.com. Atlanta-based Delta Community's partnership with the Student Program has helped it reach more than 200,000 students in 159 schools.

One local educator -- Michael Young, a Career & Technical Education teacher at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County -- was the 3,000th teacher nationwide to sign up for the program. He said it has strengthened his students' understanding of money and possible career paths, and has helped them prepare for college.